Pompey legends back in blue for charity match

ON THE BALL Paul Walsh and former referee Rob Styles kick-off the charity football match. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122974-1)
ON THE BALL Paul Walsh and former referee Rob Styles kick-off the charity football match. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122974-1)

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POMPEY legends put on the famous blue shirt for a star-studded charity match in Havant.

A select team of former Blues stars took on members of the Hayling Golf Club to raise money for the Elizabeth Foundation.

GOOD MATCH Pompey's Guy Butters in action during the charity game

GOOD MATCH Pompey's Guy Butters in action during the charity game

Around 100 people turned out for the match at West Leigh Park – home of Havant and Waterlooville – for the game.

Goalkeeper Alan Knight, Paul Walsh, Shaun Gale and Guy Butters were just some of the former players gracing the pitch and helped their team to a 9-2 victory.

Rob Styles, former Premier League referee, was a guest player for the golfers.

The Elizabeth Foundation, which is based in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, helps deaf chidren and their families.

Kevin Ormsby, captain of the golf club, selected the foundation as his chosen charity of the year.

He was inspired by Shirley Metherell, founder of the charity, who he says is his ‘surrogate mother’.

He said: ‘I went into care at nine years old and she looked after me. My wife Heidi is chair of trustees, so it was the obvious choice.

‘It was a good day – we could have scored more goals.

‘I would like to thank Rob Styles and Tony Male for getting together to organise it. They have been a great help and thank you for all the lads for their support.’

The match was attended by Kirsty Bagnell, 32, of Gosport, whose son Olly attends the Elizabeth Foundation’s pre-school.

She said: ‘We’ve come to support the charity. They do everything for Olly.

‘He started attending when he was eight weeks old and their support has been amazing.

‘The help they have given me has helped me pass my driving test, and we wouldn’t have been able to come today if I hadn’t.’

Alison Robinson, fundraising manager for the Elizabeth Foundation, said: ‘It was a brilliant day because both teams played really well.

‘There have been quite a few near misses.

‘Paul Walsh was brilliant showing his old magic and we couldn’t have wished for better weather.’